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The Riyal Thing
A jeweler dressed as a nerd and a princess dressed as Tinkerbell walk into a bar on Halloween. No, this isn’t a setup—it’s how Azature Pogosian, a third-generation jeweler, and Lana Saud Al-Faisal Al-Saud, a Saudi Arabian royal, met. The encounter resulted in a fast friendship as well as an exquisite six-piece jewelry collection, Lana by Azature, inspired by the Saudi royal family’s heirloom gems. “I wanted to design pieces that were meaningful not only to my family but to Saudi Arabia,” says the Princess. “We are a very private culture, and I thought I could share a small piece of it with the world.” The jewelry combines traditional Saudi elements like textured finishes and geometric shapes with Pogosian’s signature hard-edged designs in black diamonds and his unique new metal: a dark mix of platinum and silver. The duo even obtained permission from the Saudi government to copy legal tender for a coin necklace. “We didn’t go mass,” says Pogosian, noting that each piece is one of a kind and handmade. “I’m taking jewelry back to its roots, to where my grandfather started. Every piece had meaning and history, and really meant a lot to someone”(azature.com).